Bonnetswe "Bee" Sarefo
I go by the name Bee, I have been working for Ker & Downey Botswana since 1986. I have always loved nature, conservation and the responsibility that comes with the job of being a professional guide. What I love most about my job is working with people from all nationalities and the sharing of life experiences that comes with meeting new people.
I like Shinde as it is a private concession, therefore I can do my activities without any constraints, we can move around more freely and get guests up close and personal with the wildlife. This provides them with a better and more memorable experience.
It has always been my dream to be a guide. I was employed at Footsteps as a makoro poler in 1999 and I used this time to gain knowledge about the wilderness through books and the other guides. I finally reached my dream and obtained my guides license. There is never a dull moment and even after all this time working as a guide, I still learn something new every day. Shinde is like my home,I know everything there is to know about the area and therefore I can truly give my guests the best possible experience.
Keneilwe "Kenny" Tshoganetso
My name is Kenny, I am a professional guide at Shinde, one of Ker & Downey Botswana’s five star camps. I was born thirty years ago in a small village called Matlapana, the gateway to the famous Moremi Game Reserve. I spent most of my childhood in the Xhihaba hills are where I learnt about tracking and survival strategies from the local bushmen people.
Prior to working at Shinde, I was part of the Botswana Defence Force Anti-poaching Unit, this work allowed for me to spend my days in the wilderness of Botswana and there began my passion and my journey to where I find myself today. I felt the need to show outsiders what I was experiencing on a daily basis which is why I left my job with the army and began my career as a guide. I am proud to call Shinde my second home!
Opegilwe “Junior” Maphane
I am Opegilwe Maphane also known as Junior, born in a small village called Gunotsoga in the Okavango Delta. I gained my Botswana general certificate of Secondary education at Maun secondary school in 2006. Thereafter I realised that I wanted to pursue a career in guiding so I started the process of applying and gaining experience to get my full professional guides license.
In 2012 I obtained my full guides licence level two vehicle nature guiding with Eco training Botswana. I have worked for different safari companies trying to gain as much knowledge and experience as possible. I joined Ker & Downey Botswana in 2017 and I am currently guiding at Kanana in the south-west Okavango Delta!